“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” ~George Orwell
There is highly destructive, volatile animosity between factions in the Jewish community, and attempts to find solutions is a must.
This division and disagreement is plaguing the Jewish world today.
As a Jew, to me, the sharp division among our own people is an embarrassment.
I am extremely passionate about Israel’s existence and I do not care if any nutcase brands me a right-wing extremist because of this wonderful passion that I have and hold at the highest esteem.
There are certain unfortunate realities one must face.
One crucial is that hatred and evil exist, and just wishing them away has never been, nor will it never be effective. In other words, burying the head deep in the sand will not make hatred and evil go away.
From time immemorial the Jewish people have been the number one target of hatred and evil.
To stand up to peril one has to be united, not divided.
Sadly, the Jewish Nation is not united, rather shows several schisms. The Jews are seriously separated along religious and political lines, and this split cannot be rectified or healed, unless King David or Solomon arrive and show them signs of God.
No single Judaism exists. There are numerous components and they can coexist, but never fully aligned.
To the extreme, Jews can even harbor more dislike for one another than any Gentile could ever muster. They can be more judgmental of their own than any stranger could be.
Throughout Jewish history, the self-hating Jews, the unJews, became a stigma. This is an illness and not a minor one. It is cancerous and it destroy the Nation from within.
Then there are those Jews who would put ideology before their own God, people and Homeland; like those who will vote for Obama, over and over again, even though he is trying to dig a grave for the Jewish Homeland, where their people live.
With the world being up-side-down these days and rational is out the window, and if my observations about Judaism is correct, then the question is: where is the hope, the optimism? We all so desperately seek those answers, aren’t we? Will reason and logic have a place in the solution?
Is turning to faith be the hope we seek?
To accomplish having hope for a unified Jewish Nation in the world, we must have enormous faith, as, thus far, logic and life experience have not served the Jews well.
Jews are passionate people. They are also stubborn and rather excitable bunch.
Those traits, at times, leave very little room for reason and logic to enter into the discourse and on many occasions they do not.
At times, Jewish people can be irrational toward those they love.
So here is where we are today:
In Israel today, Jews argue;
In Europe, Jews argue;
In the US, Jews argue;
This is irritating and has no reason or room in a nation so small and so beleaguered.
We all need to ask each other, where is the silver line of optimism and hope and where is the uplifting discourse? Here is the elephant in the room. We can find it only if few things change, really change.
We must be consistent, one voice with our message.
We must stop hating ourselves and Jews must stop hating other Jews and embrace a totally loving posture.
We must search for our commonalities and not drift into differences to use against one another.
We must not worry or seek to be loved by appeasement, thus throw our own people under the bus. Many Jews will throw Israel under the bus to look good the eyes of those who will throw them under the bus tomorrow.
We must accept that, as Jews, there are many who hate us and many times there is nothing we can do to prove our worth to those who hate us. And we do not need to prove anything as long as we know our own truth and just. We must also understand that those who hate us do so not because of our fault but of their own. Further, they choose us the scapegoat we have been to the world for centuries.
We must put our own people and our God before all else. Therefore, we need to, once and for all, separate politics from our faith. The decision if our first priority is our God and our own people or if it is a political agenda is profound.
We must also understand that transparent divisive issues only strengthens our enemies.
We must also admit that we have many enemies, ranging from having mild hate to extreme hate for us. They exist and must be addressed without holding back the words.
Irrational hatred of Jewish people is an ancient and incurable disease the world, collectively suffers from. The cure for it will probably be found by a Jew.
That cure will consist of man escaping the constraints of this primitive incarnation and humans embracing a peaceful nature and rise above irrational emotion to pure sense and intellect.
Who knows if and when this cure maybe found but we need to pray that our children and grandchildren live to see it come to pass.
Until then, regrettably, Jews will continue argue, disagree and the world will continue feeding upon our negativity and divisiveness.
We will continue to malign one another, battle amongst ourselves and ignite fire storms of negative energy to keep our enemy jovial so they can continue their ongoing battle against us.
Immediate solution? There is only one.
Only by ending the malice toward each other, looking within at our own faults and correcting them and uniting, we can achieve peace amongst ourselves and then hold to immense national strength, we so desperately need.
And then, by seeking rational answers, based on truth and facts, that do not involve putting our own people in harm’s way we can also help Israel.
Can it be achieved? Yes, but only if we truly believe.
Our parents had known hardship; the new generations are spoiled and expect fast reward. If we do not face reality, we can expect regression; is regression an option? I hope not.
Tori Amos, the American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer once sais: Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
Jews, stop taking a long walk off a short pier already.